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How a cruiser differs from a narrow-boat

Cruisers are generally to be found on any waterways but canals. Cruisers have a wider beam (width) - anything up to around 12 feet wide whereas narrowboats as their name suggests, are always no more than 6ft 10ins across the beam. This is because the canals on which they travel have locks which are 7 feet wide. Accordingly, you will find cruisers being wider of beam and will make the most of the extra width by being more spacious internally.
Aft Cockpit Cruiser

Available on the Norfolk Broads, Cambridgeshire Waterways and Caledonian Canal. Usually accommodate between 2, and 4 people. Aft cockpit boats are a good choice for newcomers to boating as they are easier to control being that all of the boat is visible in front of you. They are generally smaller than other type of craft and mooring is easier as access to the shore is direct from the cockpit.

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Example of an aft cockpit cruiser
Dual Steering Cruiser

Available on the Norfolk Broads and Caledonian Canal. Generally accommodates between 2 and 8 people. Steer either from a raised position with good all round visibility or from inside should the weather not be so good. This type of boat is very popular and early booking is essential

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Example of a dual steer cruiser
Forward Drive Cruiser

Available on the Norfolk Broads and the Thames. Generally accommodate between 2 to 12 people. Another good choice for first time boaters as steering from the front is similar to driving a car. These boats benefit from a single floor level throughout and so are preferred by people who are less mobile

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Example of a forward drive cruiser
Centre Cockpit Cruiser

Available on the Norfolk Broads, Thames and Cambridgeshire Waterways. Generally accommodate between 2 and 10 people. A sliding wheelhouse offers open air cruising and in most cases al-fresco dining. As such, these are a popular choice for families.

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Example of a centre drive cruiser
Narrowboat Types

Available on the River Thames, River Wey and the canals of England and Wales. Don't be fooled by their traditional looks, internally they house all the mod cons you would require for a great holiday afloat. Steering is mostly from the rear which gives good all round vision when negotiating locks and bridges.

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Example of a narrowboat
Understanding the differing narrowboat stern types

You will come across the terms traditional, semi traditional and cruiser sterns whilst researching narrowboat types. The images below indicate the steering position and how much room there is to sit or stand with the helmsman.

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Passes under Potter Heigham Bridge (?)
Only show boats which allow
me to take my pet(s)
Has a 240volt system (?)
Has a microwave onboard
Has bow thrusters (?)
Has Wifi onboard (?)
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